Under-17s Gladstone Mudcrabs are jubilant after winning the AFL Capricornia Under-17s Grand Final on Saturday by three points.
Under-17s Gladstone Mudcrabs are jubilant after winning the AFL Capricornia Under-17s Grand Final on Saturday by three points. Jen Tybell

Crabs claw back win

IT was history in the making on Saturday, as the Gladstone Mudcrabs won its first under-17s premiership.

The three-point victory over the Yeppoon Swans was a typical battle of the backlines, as neither defensive unit refused to crack.

Muddies Under-17s coach Jason Chirgwin said the win was as much a huge relief given the see-saw nature of the contest.

“It wasn’t until the siren went I thought we had it; from half-time onwards I had my speech worked out for whether we won or we lost,” he said.

The Muddies got off to a nervy start, Chirgwin said, but settled in the second half and dug in.

“We had about 80 per cent of the play, but couldn’t score,” he said. “It was a real team effort, all 22 players were committed.”

Muddies hit the front midway through the last quarter, and the defence, which was strong all year, stood up.

“It was a great moment for the boys to be in, to make a bit of history.”

Results:

Gladstone Mudcrabs 6.9 (45) def Yeppoon Swans 6.6 (42)

Goals: Gladstone: C. O’Grady 4, J. Webster, C. Floura. Best: Gladstone: Rusty-James Parnaby, Kieran Spark, Gradey Gill, Joe Webster, Aiden Hearn, Chris Floura.



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